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Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution for Warner Bros., has signed a new multiyear contract with the studio.
The move extends one of the longest executives tenures in Hollywood. Kroll, a 22-year veteran at the Burbank-based studio, last expanded her portfolio in July 2015, adding domestic distribution to her duties as head of worldwide marketing and international distribution. Since June 2013, she has been part of the triumvirate of executives, along with worldwide production president Greg Silverman and New Line president Toby Emmerich, running the studio.
While Warner Bros. has gone through a rough patch at the box office, Kroll’s contract extension — coming in the wake of the rollout of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which has grossed $873 million worldwide — is seen as a vote of confidence on the part of Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO, who has stood by the team. (Silverman’s contract was extended in January.)
During her tenure at Warners, Kroll has turned such endeavors as the Dark Knight trilogy and the Harry Potter movies into billion-dollar franchises, the latter of which the studio hopes to extend with the J.K. Rowling-penned spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set to hit theaters in November.
Warner Bros., which currently ranks third among the major studios in terms of its share of the domestic box office, has an upcoming 2016 lineup that includes The Conjuring 2, set to open Friday; The Legend of Tarzan; its newest DC Comics-derived entry, Suicide Squad; and the year-end offering Collateral Beauty, starring Will Smith.
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